Self Control for ADHD: Is it Possible?

ADHD has proven frustratingly resistant to treatment. Yes, medication may lessen symptoms, but they return when the drug is stopped and improvement is often less than complete—not to mention the potential side-effects of drugs. Yes, home and school accommodations can make life easier, but the underlying symptoms of ADHD remain.

Psychologists have long sought a treatment that would alter the functioning of the brain in such a way that children could gain self-control of their symptoms. A promising new approach is cognitive training. It is based on the simple principle that the more the brain practices a skill the better it gets at it—similar to a muscle getting stronger with exercise.

MindBlaster applies cognitive training principles in a new and innovated manner, and research conducted by APPA psychologists has found that following MindBlaster, children are better able to control both attention and impulsivity. Other exciting findings are that Cogmed—our computer based cognitive training program—has been found to be effective in treating ADHD in over 10 research studies that have appeared in peer-review scientific journals. While it may be too early to declare cognitive training a "cure" for ADHD, it is an exciting new technique to explore for controlling this widespread disorder.